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control to education, to national parks. it will not affect military or security costs for medicare, the engine of big spending. it is driving costs. >> let's make tough choices. everything, cutting our own budget. >> the president is aiming at tax breaks at the middle class. >> proposals will make it easier for families to get by, students to get ahead, workers to retire. but it came on the day a new poll confirmed americans top concerns, jobs and the economy. about to debut of every five -- two of every five american workers has been unemployed for six months. we have never seen anything like that before. >> i think people care more about results, about the creation of jobs, about getting a handle on the deficit, then they do about the next speech. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> to americans, tomorrow night. this morning, congress comes out with more bad news on the deficit. even allies acknowledged the president's spending freeze would only make a dent. in washington, back to you. >> metro workers were killed this morning on the tracks. happened a few blocks
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security, medicare and medicaid or as i mentioned, the military. the white house could be up for a fight because already we're hearing from house democrats who say a freeze will hurt the recovery, the president will likely talk about that tomorrow night in the state of the union address. in a minute, one minute exactly, karl rove reacts to that. martha: seeing of that, the new call for fiscal restaint comes less than a year after the president signed an appropriations bill that critickings say was lowed down -- say was loaded down with pork, they found lawmakers in washington just one day away from president obama's first state of the union address. we're joined now by karl rove, bill. bill: karl rove, former senior adviser, deputy chief of staff to president george bush and fox news contributor. want to talk to you about what's going to happen tomorrow night and i've got a list for you, my friend. by the way, how are you? >> doing well, thank you. bill: first on spending the president will propose a spending freeze, house democrats are balking, saying it's not the way to get get -- to g
entitlement programs like social security and medicare would escape any budget cuts. molly henneberg is live for us at the white house, so i guess the question here, molly, what is included and what is excluded in the spending freeze? >> reporter: hi, jon, the president wants to hold spending at 2010 levels through 2013. but it would only apply to nondefense discretionary spending and that means spending for most governments, departments and agencies. about 17% of the total federal budget. so, what -- that is what would be included. what would be excluded includes the following: the cost of the wars in iraq an afghanistan. foreign aid. homeland security and veterans administration. social security. medicare. medicaid. and those last three there alone, social security, medicare, medicaid, make up 59% of all federal spending each year and they would not be touched by the spending freeze. >> how much money do you save if you freeze these discretionary items. >> reporter: the white house says, if you did it for 2011 it would save between 10 and $15 billion and the white house projects, hey if yo
't include homeland security medicare, and it's a very controversial proposal, as you can imagine. it doesn't deal with the big entitlement programs like medicare or medicaid, those types of things, but there are all kinds of folks saying this is not a good idea. republicans, democrats, and even some economists. we heard from the former labor secretary, and he said this is not a good idea and this is how he sees it. >> the government, under the circumstances that we face is the purchaser under the last resort. businesses are not investing very much. they don't want to invest if there are not consumers out there, so the government is going to spend. this is something people have difficulty understanding. >> reporter: he is saying in the short term the government should be spending money and not freezing the money. republicans, there are some republicans that weighed in and said the spending freeze does not deal with the major programs, social security and medicaid, those types of things, and the democrats are saying we are worried about our programs, health care or education, and we don't wa
, and the last three, social security, medicare and medicaid, those three make up about 59 percent of all federal spending each year. they wouldn't be touched by this freeze. it's just the 17 percent of the budget that's the government agencies and programs and departments. trace: molly henneberg, live for us on the north lawn of the white house, thank you. as always, we want to hear from you, log on to foxnews.com and on the home page you'll see our you decide questions of the day. one of the them asks if you think a partial spending freeze is a good idea. click on the question and see the answer choices and click one of them to register your vote. you can also see how other people are answering by clicking the view results tab. it's all right there on foxnews.com. >> also an foxnews.com right now, if you wanted to hear the rest of that press briefing with robert gibbs, that's also an foxnews.com. >>> meanwhile two strong aftershocks rocking port-au-prince haiti, today, our fox team on the ground tells us the tremors felt moderately strong, strong enough to give them a scare and those aftershock
officials will not say what can be cut or eliminated. some programs like medicare and social security, pentagon, veterans programs, and foreign as would be exempt. they want to say $250 billion over the next 10 years. the president needs to rein in spending according to some. giving washington democrats unprecedented spending binge, it is like washington going on a diet after winning a pie eating contest. >> it looks like we will have another huge deficit this year as in last year. >> most indications seem to post -- . towards red ink. -- point toward red beak. >> many are plunging to raise money for the special olympics in maryland. this person is going to great lengths to show support for maryland families. their daughter suffers from down's syndrome. not even one year old, she lost her life before thanksgiving. they started raising money for the plunge in june. they are honoring the memory of their daughter. >> i never would have thought somebody who does not know me cares that much about my daughter. >> the $1,000 donations -- you can join him in joe flacco at the plunge at the ba
security, and veterans programs are exempt, so are the skyrocketing budgets of medicare medicaid, and social security. it's expected to save a mere $250 billion over ten years. that's less than 3% of the $9 trillion that will be added to the national debt during that period. still, the white house says every little bit helps. >> this is not the only thing we're going to be doing to bring down the deficit but what i would say is it's a start. >> reporter: many liberals are furious at the president, bombarding the internet with predictions that social programs will be targeted. republicans say it's not enough. >> we've been on quite a binge over the last 12 months and it's going to take a lot more than this kind of modest freeze to get us back on the right track. >> reporter: some republicans say it's little more than a gimmick. as one put it "it's like going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest." even some democrats are warning of economic calamity if dramatic action isn't taken. >> we are on a course that is totally unsustainable. >> reporter: despite all the red ink, the
in the past two tax cuts and medicare prescription drug benefit that were not paid for and the effects of the economic downturn. that is where a deficit comes from. that is why we are making sure we pay for new proposals and working to jump start the economy and get it back on its feet. >> how do you grow jobs at the same time you are cutting spend something. >> again there is a timing issue. in 2010 the primary focus is job growth. 2013 2014, 2015 it is getting the deficit down to make sure we don't imperil job growth and leave enough room for private investment. we have to promote job growth now and look for more efficiencies in the federal government and bring deficits down. >> $150 billion in stimulus working its way through congress. there are critics saying that is throwing good money after bad. because money from the original stimulus hasn't created jobs. >> all credible analysis suggests that the recovery act has spurred economic growth during the second quarter, during the third quarter and into the fourth quarter. created or saved 1.5 million to 2 mi
or security, or entitlements like medicare. >> let us make the tough choices. every family in america has had to do that in cutting our own budget. >> tax breaks are a one to be aimed at the middle class according to the president. >> students to get ahead and workers to retire. with a new poll confirms america's top concerns as jobs and the economy. with many unemployed workers have been unemployed for over six months. we have never seen anything like that before. >> can he convince americans relief is up ahead. >> people care about results and the creation of jobs in getting a handle on the deficit rather than they do abut the next speech. >> the president of the united states. a this morning, congress is expecting more bad news for rising deficits. even the malaise -- even the president's allies say it would barely make a dent in it even given the hiring freeze. >> if you are feeling blue, the cold weather makes january and the next month a prime time for depression. the last full week of january is the most depressing day of thethe holidays are over, bills areif you are feeling down, get
with solutions. looking closely to solve the bigger problems, medicare social security. at first step, wall street is fine with this. if it was a last step it would not be. >> i want to ask ron brownstein about that in a second. first to you ken stickland. the opponents, i think, were about evenly divided 24-22 against from the two partyies. so, you had the republicans opposing it because they thought inevitably it would lead to tax increases to reduce deficits and democrats were opposed to it because they didn't want to bite the bullet on the kinds of spending cuts discretionary spending cuts from exactly the programs they've long been trying to protect. >> let me give you more on the vote total. i've seen such bipartisanship because an equal amount of democrats and republicans were opposed to this. almost more than half democrats supported it and most republicans rejected it. the president will try to do something similar wan executive order. judd gregg, sponsor of this deficit commission says that's firing with fake bullets, that basically it won't require con
like social security and medicare. but it was a proposal that both republicans and democrats, i hoped, would like enough to move forward. the spending problem we have, mr. president, is like a cancer, and this chamber refuses to seek any treatment. and while i did not like the proposal completely, i at least supported it because i knew we needed to do something. our spending is out of control. we have a $12 trillion debt. the deficit of last year was was $1.4 trillion, more than the past four years in the bush administration combined. now, i am new to this chamber, so the bizarre still seems bizarre to me, and perhaps the longer you're here, bizarre starts to seem normal. but we cannot spend more than we take in. we cannot continue to amass a debt that our children are going to have to pay for. right now, we have to go borrow money from countries like china because we can no longer raid social security and medicare because those programs now need those dollars to be paid out. but at some point, this country is going to have to pay the piper. at some point, we're going to have to drama
take effect in october, and leave untouched programs like medicare and social security, and national defense. white house spokesman robert gibbs said the cuts would be strategic. >> the president will cut programs that are duplicative or serve what he believes is no important purpose, and instead invest in, as families do, investments for the future. >> woodruff: the proposal would freeze $477 billion out of the $3.5 trillion budget, or about 17% of federal spending. it's designed to save $250 billion over the coming decade. republican leader mitch mcconnell criticized the idea as too small. >> freezing non-defense domestic discretionary spending would be a good idea. however, if you put into the baseline the stimulus, tarp, and you account for inflation, it's not nearly as big a step as the american people are asking us to take. >> woodruff: the president is expected to address the deficit, among other economic issues, including unemployment, in his state of the union message tomorrow night. in an interview with abc news' diane sawyer, mr. obama acknowledged some choices he will mak
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, it leaves things untouched like social security, healthcare spending under medicare and medicaid. all spending -- halt spending on wars, aid to veteran, homeland security and foreign aid. all else in theory is on the table, 17% of the budget. the campaign, mr. obama rejected this very idea. >> the problem with the spending freeze is you are using a hatchet where you need a scalpel. >> reporter: fast forward and john mccain had the last laugh. >> thank you for taking me back down memory lane. [ laughter ] but i think that the president understands now how serious this problem is. and it requires hatchets and scalpel scalpels. >> reporter: the white house briefed democrats last night on the spending freeze proposal and didn't offer a lot of details. until they do, majority leader harry reid and nancy pelosi, are non-committal. >> glenn: major, thank you. home prices rose for the sixth straight month in november. standard & poor's case-shiller index reports the biggest gains were in phoenix and san francisco. the biggest declines were in new york and chicago. consumer confidence is up by
the freeze would be entitlement programs like social security, medicare, department of defense, veterans affairs and homeland security. early word indicating that many democrats will not support the president in his sudden fiscal tightening. joining me with reaction our great, great person panel. cal thomas is back. he is a former deputy assistant secretary of state fox news contributor, bob beckel is here. she's the editor of hip-hop republicans.com tiffany shorter is here. how are you, good to see you. >> great, thank you for having me. >> sean: you are going to like this. i don't know where this came from. i can't give attribution and credit. a political cartoon that came out beckel. let's put it up on the screen. [ laughing ] >> sean: i wanted to get your reaction. >> put that football down, number one. just put it down. and i'll answer your question. first of all this is workplace harrassment of a liberal. and i've got some legal grounds to take here and i intend to take them, okay? this is not new it is a sneak attack it happens every monday night. >> sean: put it back up again. >>
'll be in washington for that. it's a freeze with big exceptions like social security and medicare. does it sound weird. former ebay boss knows a thing or two about good deals and for taxpayers this isn't a good deal so she's run for governor and has a new book, the power of money, values for success in business and in life. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> you can't pick and choose across the board cuts, right? >> i think they have to be across the board. we have an enormous deficit and you have to look at every department and line item to get it back in shame. that's he self-evident. >> neil: a lot of republicans rejected this commission but at least it would have absolved then of onus on the ideas zing the american people want congress to be accountable and the president accountable. >> neil: but they're not. >> we have to find a way for the president and congress to lead on getting costs down at the federal government. the bad news, we have a government we can no longer afford and we better face up and start to figure out how to get it back into line with what we can afford. >> neil: yo
and medicare and medicaid were all attacked in their own time as the end of america's way of life. and are now for the most part a cherished part of the social fabric of america. and it remains because in massachusetts, the state that has already adopted a similar healthcare program, not even the republican senate candidate who voted for the massachusetts plan would speak against it. this year we will also work hard to enact legislation to build our energy independence. and create clean energy jobs. we'll push for final passage of wall street reform to bring accountability back to our financial sector. that bill would protect americans from some of the most abusive practices that led to the economic crisis. keep taxpayers off the hook for future bailouts. to the too big to fail firm and safeguard our entire economy from another collapse brought on by wall street's most reckless gambles. energy legislation and regulatory reform are both powerful actions on behalf of working families. it goes without saying that in the majority -- if the majority ruled in the senate, america would be closer to e
spending. that means medicare, medicaid, social security, especially as the baby boom population retires. those numbers are will go right on you. this commission idea was intended to get at those entitlements and to get at the tax revenue to help close that gap of one third. and in order to be effective, it needed teeth. what the congress did today was to take the teeth out of it. that is not only a setback here, but will cause a lot of our foreign creditors to question are we going to pay our bills, or will we be forced to start raising interest rates? that would be very dangerous indeed. >> yeah, because the only other option is to raise taxes. there's not a great appetite to do that. if you're not going after the social security, medicare, medicaid or defense spending, which is sort of eliminated, that's where most of the money is. >> that's what willie sutton would say. he would have to go after entitlements, because that's where the money is, and that's why you rob banks, as he said, that's where the money was. i must tell you, on the eve of the president's state of the union addres
-term liabilities and 40 trillion of that is social security and medicare. here we're talking about a very small amount. if it you run the numbers for 2011 according to the cbo. we'll have a deficit gdp ratio of 6.53%. with the obama freeze, it will be 6.43%, a 0.1 percentage point. >> let's step in. the obama administration is not saying this is the only fix. clearly the obama administration has laid out other benchmarks. clearly health care reform is supposed to address some of the structural deficit cost. >> sure it will. >> but -- christian -- >> that's what the honest discussion has to be. conservatives have to face the fact that health care reform is one. >> wait, guy. how can anyone take this seriously. i can please speak? how can anyone take this budget freeze seriously with it doesn't, i read, address medicare and social security in any way at all and when today, i believe, the administration's coming out with an $80 billion job program when the stimulus was supposed to create the jobs. christian, how can we take it seriously? ? you're confusing the long run with the short run. in the s
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, is the only way to reduce the deficit, medicare and medicaid. but more importantly, health care is the right thing to do for america and for all families. i think he has to put them all together. >> it is. all right, it is an important thing. today you were speaking at the center for american progress and you made the statement that the country's labor activists will not be eager to help the democratic party in 2010 in the elections if things don't happen whether it comes to health care. are you willing to say tonight that it won't be the same support from unions in this country if the democrats don't get this done? >> well, what i can say with absolute assurety is that our members are not democrats or republicans, they're not left or right. they do what's right or wrong for their families. they have told us over and over again, they need some peace of mind, some security, some guarantees about health care. and i don't care what any union leader says or any candidate says, unless the democratic party takes advantage of the majorities they have, and do something about health care, i couldn't
such as medicare and social security. the move is expected to save $250 billion. >>> sales of existing homes plunged nearly 17% last month. the sharpest decline in 40 years. the fall is linked partly to the expected end of a tax credit for first-time buyers, but it's been extended. despite the slowdown sales were 15% higher in december than a year ago. >>> meet 7-year-old charlie simpson. he raised more than $160,000 by riding his bike around his local park in london. that five-mile ride benefited unicef's work in haiti. charlie had hoped to raise 500 pounds, around 800 bucks or so but his internet page was flooded with donations. the money keeps coming in for that cause in haiti. >> that's a great little boy right there. joe, thank you. >>> just ahead, haiti's government lost its base of infrastructure in the quake, not to mention confidential documents buried beneath the palace rubble. i'll show you where the president and his staff have relocated and what they are facing ahead and see if whether or not they're up to the challenge. >>> if you've been watching we've been following the story
, medicare or medicare is affected either. >> shepard: i'm getting for more from the white house. it says exempt from this will also be -- i lost my place. it changed to the next script. veterans affairs, anything for veterans affairs is going to be. foreign aid, homeland security. none of -- all of those are exempt from this spending freeze. >> that's exactly right. if it's on a security platform, shepard, it doesn't count. so anything that's non-security. let me tell you, this i can guarantee what's going to happen on capitol hill. >> shepard: it's election year. can i guarantee you too. >> lawmakers will say you have bought-to-boost things for my district or my program or these things, think about, this shepard, food security at the agriculture department. that's national security. we don't want unsafe food. that has to be exempted too, mr. president. all of those sorts of disagreement and debates will go on. in the main wednesday night what the president's to do is look into the cam rand say to the american people i'm looking for a freeze for three years. republicans have you been on
values of the democratic party, which include social security, medicare, medicaid, are exempt, and we understand that's the case, certainly i agree that dennis has a point. certainly our caucus will review an awful lot of this with interest. i think if the president uses a scalpel, if he is not going after this with a hatchet, that that's an approach that can work. and we're happy to roll up our sleeves and work alongside the president. >> mr. kucinich, congressman, the deficit, the current fiscal year which ends at the end of september, is pretty high by any standards. of course, this president said it was well over $1 trillion in deficit. do we run the risk of rolling deficit after deficit and scaring the hell out of the money markets to the point we can't borrow any money for the chinese anymore? the dollar begins to shrink. isn't there a danger even as a liberal, aren't you worried about a shrinking dollar? or not? >> well, we should be concerned about the deaf silt. the question is, how do you deal with the deficit? and what most economists, who want to look at deficit reduction
and democrats who fear cuts to social security and medicare. >> our nation is on a path that is absolutely unsustainable. >> reporter: in addition to releasing the deficit numbers, the congressional budget office projected unemployment to average 10.1% and the economy to grow by over 2%. t.j. winnic, abc p news, washington. >> diane sawyer will anchor the live coverage of the address tomorrow night right here on abc 2 at 9:00. >>> former maryland u.s. senator charles mack mathias has died. he was best known for his support of civil rights and also protection of the chesapeake bay. he was 87 years old and died yesterday from complications from parkinson's disease. he lived in chevy chase. >>> it's an old face in a new place for the orioles. less than two hours ago, the os announced miguel tejada signed with the team again. before the 2008 season, he was trait traded to the houston astros in exchange for five players. now he's back and playing a new position after spending his entire career at short stop. the os will move him to third base. we can definitely use him. >>> coming up next
spending. untouched would beefense spending, social secury, medicare, and dicaid. the ve could save $250 billion, but iwould hardly dent a projected $6 illion deficit ov the next decade. >> it would be a step the right diction, but a small step. >> rorter: evan bayh and john mccainant to freeze earmarks, crte a deficit reduction acunt, and give the president a line-item veto. senator bayh hopes t move could change voter minds about govement. >> we have to stand wi those who are paying the bls and showhat the government can discipline itseland make the difficult decisions,ust as families and businses have to do eh and every day. >> rorter: but it's a difficult cision for lawmaks, too. putting the tion's fiscal use in order collides with plans to stimulate the ecomy and eate jobs. nator kent contrad says reducing the dicit requires tough choices one wants to ma now. >> iwe look back to the lessons of the great dression, in 1937 they triedprematurely, to rein inhe deficit, and employment exploded. we don't want to repeathat exercise. but we do ha a need to come up with a plan toeal with o
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's will not touch in this proposed freeze. medicare, social security, defense spending? no freezon that. not to mention homeland security, the veterans' administration and many more. in total, more than $37 trillion which the president will not toh. so, what's left to freeze? the remaining one-eighth of the budget, what they call non-security-related discretionary spding. the freeze saves $250 billion over ten years, less than 1% of what the government will spend. >> it's on one of the things that we're going to be doing, but it's nonetheless important. it's important to draw a line somewhere. >> reporter: the deficit has become a political liability. 56% americans disapprove of the way president obama is handling it. and among independents, who have flocked to republicans in recent elections, he fares even worse, with two to one disapproval. and diane, there's little indication that washington, d.c. currently has the stomach for any serious measures for deficit or debt reduction there was one suggestion the president got behind for a bipartisan debt reduction panel that would have mad
and homeland security will not be touched. same for social security. medicare and medicaid. this afternoon, on the east coast, the white house press secretary robert gibbs tried to explain how our government would try to save our tax dollars. >> we're investing in what it important to invest in, we're cutting in to programs that outlived their usefulness and need to be cut. again, that's what a family does. that's what the government should begin to do. >> but this is washington so we will argue about it. not everybody's onboard. critics are out in force. major garrett is live at the white house, this broke during fox report last night. somebody else broke the embargo. >> we won't get into that. >> the left is mad, the right is mad. who is not mad at the white house? >> look, the white house is probably willing and i know for a fact it's willing to have a fight with the leral left to suggest independent voters to strayed away he's serious about dealing with the deficit. congressional democrats oppose it saying they don't want to are do you say federal spending but they're afraid it would c
decade. any thoughts? >> well, i hope it is the entitlement spending. >> it is not medicare. >> it is discretionary spending. >> yeah. >> the president will ask like a big fiscal conservative tiff all of a sudden, but i'll believe it when i see it. skip that. tamara, you said you think everyone is just looking for a reason to attack obama. i miss the good old days when nobody is looking for a reason to attack bush. >> or any president. >> it is not morally equivalent. >> sure, it is. >> ellie light. it is not someone calling themselves el li e light has the same letters published in dozens of newspapers. it is that this person claims to live in the circumstance laying of -- the circulation of these of these newspapers. >> good point. she is a liar. >> right. >> maybe she is really rich and there are 40 spots she published in. maybe she is really wealthy and has places around the world. >> or to be fair, maybe she lives in an rv. >> or maybe she likes to vacation in ohio. >> true. >> or maybe she has been dismembered and there are pieces of her every -- everywhere. >> maybe.
house officials exempt from the freeze would be entitlement programs like social security and medicare, and homeland security. early word is indicating many democrats will not support the president in his sudden fiscal tightening. joining me here tonight is cal thomas back, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, usa today columnist bok beckel is here, she's the editor of hip-hop republicans.com. how are you? good to see you. >> thank you for having me on shot. >> we've got to start with you. you're going to like this, i don't know where this kaimt from. i can't give credit. it's a political cartoon. just put it on the screen. and... this is work place harassment of a individual. this snot new. it's a sneak attack and happens to me every monday night. >> back up, again. >> no. no. >> it's my show. i can put it back up again. >> well, put that football away! >> i'm bigger than you. try to throw it now. >> you used to sack quarterbacks. this is like madonna coming out for chasity this, is a $25 trillion projected debt. they're talking about a $250 billion savings if appropriateors
or entitlements like medicare. the engines of big spending that's driving up complaints. >> what's r let's make the tough choices. every family in america is having do that today and cutting our own budget. >> reporter: protecting should be the middle class. the president said. aiming a set of tax breaks. >> proposals made it's easier for families to get by. students to get ahead. for workers to retire. >> reporter: it came on a day of new poll confirmed americans topped concerns, jobs, the economy. >> about two out of event frooif unemployed workers in this country have been unemployed for over six months. we have never seen anything like that before. >> reporter: can the president convince americans relief is ahead? >> i think people care much more about results, about creation of jobs, about getting a handle of the deficit, rather than they do about the next -- >> the president of the united states. roup to americans, tomorrow night. >> this morning congress' budge i arms comes out with what's expected to be more bad news from rising deficits. even his allies acknowledge the president's spen
won't affect military or security costs or entitlements like medicare, the engine of big spending that's driving up complaints. >> let's make the tough choices. every family in america is having to do that today, and cutting our own budget. >> reporter: protected, too, should be the middle class, the president said, aiming a set of tax breaks at them. >> the proposals that make it a bit easier for families to get by, for students to get ahead, and for workers to retire. >> reporter: it came on the day a new poll confirmed american's top concerns, jobs and the economy. >> about two out of over five unemployed workers in this country have been unemployed for over six months. we've never seen anything like that before. >> reporter: can the president convince americans relief is ahead? >> i think people care much more about results, about the creation of jobs, about getting a handle with the deficit rather than they do about the next speech. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: to americans tomorrow night. this morning congress's budget arm comes out with what's expected to
all of this, defense, entitlement, social security, medicare, which are really going to be untouched here. now, there are details. white house officials say we don't know fully what will win and what is going to lose. this isn't a uniform across the board cut or freeze rather. the question here is is it worth doing something or, in fact, are the republicans as a political matter going to want to rehash the stimulus debate? if that's where they want to go, you'll get into an economic discussion not a budget issue. >> richard, always great to see you. thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you, chris. >>> new numbers on the real estate market. two reports out this morning painting a mixed picture when it comes to the value of our homes. cnbc's diana olick joins me now. home sales plunging nearly 17%. how are home prices hold iing u? >> they're actually kind of a mixed back, chris. it depends what survey you're looking at. yesterday we saw home prices bumping up year over year for the first time, looking at december's numbers. now we get the report that's looking at november, seeing pr
spending, homeland security spending, medicare, medicaid, social security. those are the big ticket items. we do know that the education department got a big influx of money from the stimulus. so what the president has done as ed said is perhaps picking a fight with liberals, but he's making nice with the blue dogs, those conservative democrats that wanted something like this. he may need them a little more right now for health care and other things, so it will come as welcome news to those conservative democrats and to some republicans. >> well, as you said political cover for key people at the moment given the health care battle. ali velshi, answer this simple question. does this have my baring on the economy? does it mean anything? >> well, it does, and one of the bigger concerns that's growing, our polling is showing, protests are showing it, votes are showing it. people are increasingly concerned about the debt and growing sdift. the federal budget right now is $3.5 trillion. this is less than $500 billion we're talking about that he could even affect. that's not going to be eliminat
will pay for the old. we did it with medicare, the young will pay for the old's health insurance. there's no sense on the part of the american people nor has it been sold to them that one group should pay for somebody else's health care. because that hasn't happened, every time we hear the word subsidy or mandate, we go crazy. that's why this thing hasn't sold. peter, thank you. thank you, chris. >>> up next, former republican congressman j.d. hayworth who's big with those tea party people. has taken the first step, quit his job. he's going to run, apparently -- primary john mccain in arizona. what a battle royale that will be. can mccain defend his right frank against j.d. hayworth with the help of sarah palin? announcer: trying to be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. chef: we're all kind of excited about it. guy: mmm! i can see why. announcer: campbell's healthy request. m'm! m'm! good! for your heart. >>> "time" magazine's man of the year, no good deed goes unpunished. ben bern
in the country, you have to deal with social security and even defense spending and medicare and those entitlements, those obligatory spe pieces of spending. >> richard wolffe, thanks a lot. >>> some big economic numbers out this morning as well we just got in. the consumer confidence index for january rose beyond expectations to 55.9. now that is the highest number in more than a year and the third consecutive monthly increase but the news is not so great on the housing front. new figures show home prices slipped slightly in december by 0.2%. prices are down 5% from a year ago. and better news, though, for the auto world. ford motor company says it will add 1,200 jobs when its chicago plant starts producing a new version of its explorer suv but the new union workers we hired at sharply reduced wages. in baghdad at least 18 people are dead and dozens more injured because of a suicide attack near a criminal investigation office. the bomber drove a car packed with explosives to the entrance of the office and blew himself up. and this bombing comes just 24 hours after three suicide bomber
in the medicare payroll tax. it would have the union excise tax, not going into effect until 2018. it would include -- it would get rid of the cornhusker kickback, all those compromises we're doing with ping-pong between the house and the senate bills, it would be in one bill and it would have to pass the house first. after the house would pass that bill, they then would pass the senate bill and then obama would have his majoring legislative victory and have health care reform. can they get there? yes. is it very difficult? yes. how does she have to get there? she has to get to 218. one thing that does not come up in this bill, this reconciliation bill, chuck, is abortion. bart stupak says he will not support the nelson language for abortion, which is in the senate bill. he's a vote. other pro-life democrats will be off that vote. she has to plug those holes, most likely with blue dogs that she allowed to walk away the first time. may not be so easy to get them to come aboard this time, chuck. >> that's right, luke. and one stay before the state of the union, it's entirely clear that the ro
entitlement programs like medicare and medicaid. but a lot of people very concerned about these cuts, about these freezes. we've heard from democrats as well as republicans. we've even heard from some economists as well is a controversial idea. the former labor secretary under president clinton, robert reich, said now is not the time to freeze spending. i want you to take a listen. >> i don't think it makes much sense, larry, and i'll tell you why. the government under the circumstances we now face is the purchaser of last resort. consumers are not buying. they're still scared for good reason. businesses are not investing very much. they don't want to invest if there are not consumers out there so government has got to spend. this is something a lot of people have difficulty understanding. >> tony, some republicans are saying these freezes are not enough. it doesn't deal with medicare or medicaid or social security, those big entitlement programs, not far enough. some democrats are saying, look, they're quite worried about social programs that would be cut, whether it's education or health
medicare, medicaid, entitlement programs not necessarily being cut, and some democrats saying this goes too far. you'll have health care and education being cut. what this does do, however, is moves this president closer to the right, and that is what he needs to do. he needs to attract those fiscally-conservative democrats, independents and some republicans. the administration and this president admitted yesterday yesterday this is part of the reason health care reform wasn't passed. he didn't get partisan support. take a listen to what he said to diane sawyer. >> we had to make so many decisions quickly in a very difficult set of circumstances that after a while, we started worrying more about getting the policy right than getting the process right. >> reporter: and, john, that is what the course correction is all about this go-round. this president obviously in a state of the union is going to be appealing to middle class voters and also to republicans as well as democrats saying he wants bipartisan support. he's got serious proposals on the table that he hopes will garner both sides sup
spending, government salaries. two quick points -- the way to save medicare is just like private health insurance companies. sell medicare policies of full premiums to people like me -- denver, healthier people to offset the others who use up the money. a way to create jobs in this country is not health insurance companies' but liability/workers comp insurance companies. to deny coverage for claims to small, medium, and large businesses for undocumented claims that arise out of the hiring of the work done by undocumented workers -- if there was no liability insurance coverage, workers' comp liability coverage, not health insurance for those climbclaims arising from work done by undocumented workers, they would not hire this people and we would get all americans and taxpayers back on the roll. host: another headline on politics. bo biden bows out. he was the potential delegate. he will stay in his position as attorney general in delaware. dems go on the attack, they write. some of the questions in a memo and the way to force that on opponents. you can read that in political. the last pho
of the budget, but he chooses not to at this point, and why? because it's medicaid, because it's medicare, because it's social security, because it's the defense budget in a time where people feel that the nation's security is paramount obviously. so, these are not areas where you really can cut politically, nor does the president particularly want to. so, you know, that leaves a very small amount of the budget. everybody knows -- and you probably more than most people even here in washington -- is that what's causing this deficit to go up are these entitlement programs. >> yes. >> and president after president has failed to kind of grab ahold of that. >> all right, candy, we'll be talking to you hopefully every day. we'll have state of the union on wednesday night and we'll have full coverage of that on cnn. our senior political correspondent, candy crowley, talking to us about these poll numbers. you can go to cnn.co lot of information about that polling. >>> we'll talk to christine roamens now, i believe. christine is my co-host on "your $$$$$." we'll show you a picture of christine ro
the entitlement programs, medicare, medicaid and also government spending, is how little of the federal budget it covers. i thought there was one paragraph in the "new york times" sorry of this this morning that really kind of summed it up. it says the payoff in budget savings would be small relative to the deficit. the estimated $250 billion in savings. $250 billion. over ten years would be less than 3% of the roughly $9 trillion -- $9 trillion -- in new debt that will accrue over the next ten years nap shows you just how massive these sums are that we're talking about. i think it's probably good politics for the president to announce this, that he's going to put this freeze in. whether he can get it passed in an election year when all of these people that are running for re-election in the congress are out there with their political survival at stake i think is another matter. he may get a freeze in some of these programs, i think it's going to be very difficult for him to get a freeze in all of them that he's talking about. >> because voters are paying attention and the economy is clearly t
without going in and tackling medicare and medicaid and social security. it is -- again, it's 19% of the budget. but it is a strong, strong message that he's actually sending to those independent voters that have been going away. obviously, some democratic leaders on capitol hill have to understand that, right? >> well, i think they have to. it doesn't mean started negotia balance the budget. post the 1994 election. it's almost as though obama doesn't want to wait for the election to start doing that. he's trying it out now and see if it works for him. >> and he's doing something bill clinton did so masterfully. you listen to that last sound clip that you played of these tax incentives. there's not huge. they're no overarching. he's not talking about revamping one-sixth of the economy. but it helps middle americans right now with tax incentives. and i think it's more significant than bill clinton's school uniforms. but it's those type of proposals that send a message to americans what kind of president he is. and right now, again, after massachusetts, it sounds like he's striking
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